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||By Yahaya Ahmed

The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, has expressed his hope that all issues related to the establishment of his institution's teaching hospital would soon be resolved.

"The matter, hopefully, would be resolved in a way that interests of our University and people of Nasarawa State would be catered for," he said.

Abdul Rahman spoke on the heels of a tripartite meeting attended by the officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal University of Lafia and Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The meeting was held at the instance of the Minister of Health, Mr Osagie Ehanire. 

Abdul Rahman spoke in Abuja, where the tripartite meeting took place.

It would be recalled that the bill seeking for establishment of a teaching hospital for FULafia, sponsored by the Senator representing Nasarawa State Southern District, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, proposes Lafia, the host LGA of FULafia, as venue for the proposed hospital.

Al-Makura, in the bill which had already gone for public hearing, points out that the state government was ready to relinquish the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, to FULafia to use as its teaching hospital.

The bill, also, points to the existence of some state-of-the-art equipment at the DASH, making the facility ready to be converted to a teaching hospital.

However, the Federal Government, on the other hand, citing reason of paucity of funds, suggested the FMC, Keffi, as an alternative place for the University to use as its teaching hospital.

After the meeting, Abdul Rahman paid a courtesy visit to Senator Al-Makura to thank him for efforts he is making in the process of realising the dream of getting the needed teaching hospital for FULafia.

He used the occasion of his visit to brief Al-Makura on proceedings at the meeting, saying that without his commitment to the "University's progress and love for FULafia, we won't be attending this meeting today."

Responding, Al-Makura thanked the vice-chancellor and his team of management staff for the visit, saying that they couldn't have visited at a better time.

He appealed to people to give the government time to ponder on the issue of the teaching hospital, expressing his desire to see the issue resolved soon.

Those who visited the senator with Abdul Rahman included the FULafia Registrar, Dr Abubakar Mamuda, Provost of FULafia Medical College, Professor Ahmed Ashuku, and Deputy Registrar and Special Assistant to to the Vice-Chancellor, Musa Bashir Agbawu.

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